What we do
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future. We organize around our theory of change, which outlines our understanding of the climate crisis and vision for the future.
OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:
- Accessible food and drinking water
- Healthy outdoor and indoor air
- Clean and efficient energy
- Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
- Quality natural resources
- Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
- Zero Waste
- Engaged students, stewards, and workers
Energy BenchmarkingWorking to cut energy waste in Philadelphia’s largest buildings by tracking and reporting citywide building performance.
Jan19EventGrid x Fabscrap Presents: Textile Recycling in Philadelphia Panel7:00 pm to 8:00 pmVirtual - OnlineEvent
Grid x Fabscrap Presents: Textile Recycling in Philadelphia PanelJanuary 19, 20227:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 1 hourVirtual - OnlinemapIn 2017, Philadelphia discarded 31,577 tons of textile scraps. Join Grid Magazine and Samantha Wittchen on January 19 for a live streamed panel discussion with the following champions of fashion industry sustainability who are making a difference in Philadelphia’s textile recycling industry:
- Lindsey Troop, Regional Manager of FABSCRAP Inc.
- Jordan Haddad, Owner/CEO of Lobo Mau
- Rachel Mednick, Textiles/Clothing Coalition Leader at All Together Now PA
Jan20EventMartin Luther King Jr. Day Environmental Justice Event - Urban Greenspace and Violence Reduction12:00 pm to 1:00 pmVirtual - ZoomEvent
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Environmental Justice Event - Urban Greenspace and Violence ReductionJanuary 20, 202212:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hourVirtual - ZoommapIn partnership with the Office of Social Equity & Community and University City (UC) Green, Penn Sustainability invites you to attend our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Environmental Justice event.
LEARN MORE: https://www.sustainability.upenn.edu/events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-environmental-justice-event-urban-greenspace-and-violence-reduction
Jan31EventPhiladelphia 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Final Draft Review Meeting10:30 am to 12:00 pmOnlineEvent
Philadelphia 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Final Draft Review MeetingJanuary 31, 202210:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursOnlinemapPhiladelphia’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan describes which hazards, like flooding and winter storms, affect Philadelphia. The plan also looks at what City projects can help reduce damage from disasters before they happen. In this workshop, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will review the City’s updated 2022 plan for mitigating or reducing risk to future natural and human-caused hazards. There will be an opportunity for questions, answers, and feedback from the audience. This meeting is open to all planning partners and the public.
LEARN MORE: https://bit.ly/HMPmeeting